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Collaborations

SEA faculty have formed many professional collaborations in scholarly research and in education and outreach activities that both enhance SEA Semester programs and contribute to the academic community at large.
 
In addition, SEA vessels serve as “ships of opportunity” to deploy instruments, provide valuable open ocean samples and supply data to collaborators from institutions around the world. SEA vessels routinely travel through regions not frequented by other research vessels, providing the opportunity to collect data in observation-sparse or remote areas, and to build long-term data sets on annually-repeated cruise tracks. The SSV Corwith Cramer, operating in the North Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean and Mediterranean seas, and the SSV Robert C. Seamans, operating in the North and South Pacific Oceans, are equipped with sophisticated oceanographic instrumentation and laboratory equipment that allow students, faculty, and visiting researchers alike to collect high quality oceanographic data. SEA routinely submits data to national and international archives for use by the broader oceanographic research community.

 
 

Research collaborations

Anthony Andrady, North Carolina State University and Helix Science
   - degradation and impacts of plastic marine debris

David Bethoney, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
   - seafloor surveys for plastic marine debris

Lanna Cheng, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
   - ecology of the marine insect Halobates

Genevieve Davis, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center
   - marine mammal passive acoustic monitoring

Vicki Ferrini, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
   - bathymetric surveys near Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga

James Garvin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
   - sediment sampling, aerial surveys, and GPS ground-truthing at Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga

Heather Handley Goldstone, WCAI National Public Radio
   - survey design for ascertaining attitudes on single-use plastics

Annette Govindarajan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution  
   - biodiversity and systematics

Tobias Kukulka, University of Delaware
   - wind-driven turbulent mixing of microplastic marine debris

Joel Llopiz, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
   - biogeography of tuna larvae within Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA)

Lindsay Martin, Texas A&M University
   - Sargassum community diversity

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), Marine Debris Working Group
   - sources, abundance, distribution and impacts of marine debris

Patricia Pinto da Silva, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center
   - survey design for ascertaining attitudes on single-use plastics

Giora Proskurowski, MarqMetrix
   - abundance, distribution and wind-driven vertical mixing of microplastic marine debris

Christopher M. Reddy, WHOI
   - abundance, distribution and characterization of microplastic marine debris

Randi Rotjan, Boston University
   - program development for Protecting the Phoenix Islands summer program
   - collaborator on tuna and deep-water research within Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA)

Amy Siuda, Eckerd College
   - Sargassum distribution and abundance, mobile fauna community structure, and molecular diversity

Dan Slayback, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
   - sediment sampling, aerial surveys, and GPS ground-truthing at Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga

Madelyn Taylor, Barnard College
  - Sargassum mobile fauna community structure

Waitt Institute Blue Halo Initiative
  - monitoring coral reef health in the Caribbean


Education and outreach collaborations

Falmouth Water Stewards (Jenny Allen, Jill Holdren, Danie Kinkade, Sierra Munoz and Alan Robinson)
   - ocean plastic reduction outreach and education for businesses, schools and NGOs through the Trash Shouldn’t Splash initiative

Kim Beddall, Whale Samana, Dominican Republic
   - humpback whale monitoring in Samana Bay and on Silver Bank

Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
   - port stop excursions for SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Liliana Betancourt, Sanctuary for the Marine Mammals of the Dominican Republic
   - humpback whale monitoring in Samana Bay and on Silver Bank

Ian Douglas, Ministry of Trade, Energy and Employment, Dominica 
   - port stop excursions and community engagement for SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Marta Ferreira, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
   - port stop excursions and community engagement for SEA Semester: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems 

Reggie Meredith Fitiao and Su’a Fitiao Wilson, American Samoa 
   - Samoan cultural instruction and community engagement for SEA Semester: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems 

Lennox Honychurch, Historian, Dominica 
   - port stop excursions and community engagement for SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Kāti Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki Māori group, New Zealand 
   - Otago region indigenous history, culture and environmental instruction as well as community engagement for SEA Semester: Global Ocean

Wendy McGuinness, McGuinness Institute, New Zealand
   - port stop excursions and outreach opportunities for SEA Semester: Global Ocean

Clare Morrall, St. George’s University (Grenada)
   - guest faculty for SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean
   - undergraduate training programs for underrepresented populations

Na Korova Village, Suva, Fiji
   - Polynesian navigation and sailing instruction onboard traditional vessels for SEA Semester: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems 

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand
   - port stop excursions and outreach opportunities for SEA Semester: Global Ocean

Pacific Ridge to Reef Program, Tonga
   - mangrove restoration and water quality monitoring service learning opportunities for SEA Semester: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems 

Eunice Pongipongi, Nuku’alofa, Tonga
   - Tongan culture and archaeology instruction as well as port stop excursions for SEA Semester: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems 

Skip the Straw Falmouth (Petra Brienza, Kalea Holdren, Ursula Junker, Meredith Kinkade and Sadie Leveque)
   - business and school engagement for reduction of ocean plastic pollution

Tammy Trott, Bermuda Department of Environmental Protection & Sargasso Sea Commission
   - marine spatial planning & resource management instruction for SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  - port stop excursions and community engagement for SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Vava’u Environmental Protection Association (VEPA), Tonga
   - marine ecology instruction as well as reef survey and beach clean-up service learning opportunities for SEA Semester: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems

Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand
   - New Zealand history and culture instruction as well as port stop excursions for SEA Semester: Global Ocean

Wharton Aresty Institute of Executive Education, University of Pennsylvania 
   - custom-designed at-sea programs to advance executive-level organizational leadership

Wharton Leadership Venture Program, University of Pennsylvania 
   - outdoor experiential leadership development opportunities (tall ship and small crew sailing) for MBA students

 

“Ship of Opportunity” collaborations

Argo network of profiling CTD floats, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
   - routinely deploy Argo floats on Pacific and Atlantic Ocean cruise tracks

Sarah Bury, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
   - collected phytoplankton and seawater samples from South Pacific waters for environmental stable isotope analyses

Tom Brough, Far Out Ocean Research Collective, New Zealand
   - guest scientist, collected observations of cetacean habitat use and foraging ecology in New Zealand waters 

Richard Camilli, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
   - guest scientist, deployed custom instrumentation to detect underwater oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Census of Marine Zooplankton (CMarZ), a program of the Census of Marine Life
   - contributed zooplankton samples from Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

Jeff Donnelly, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
   - collected sediment cores and meteorological data in French Polynesia

Casey Dunn, Brown University
   - collected Physalia physalis (Portuguese man o’war) for study of the morphology, evolution and development of siphonophores

Erica Goetze, University of Hawaii at Manoa
   - collected zooplankton for population genetics studies

Kalina Grabb, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  - guest scientist, collected seawater samples and reef observations to study mechanisms of coral bleaching

Marta Guerra, University of Otago, New Zealand
  - guest scientist, collected observations of cetacean habitat use and foraging ecology in New Zealand waters

Government of Kiribati
   - collected bathymetric data for redefinition of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) boundaries

International Census of Marine Microbes (ICoMM), a program of the Census of Marine Life
   - contributed open ocean samples for genetic analysis of marine microbes

Kris Karnauskas, University of Colorado at Boulder
   - collected meteorological data near remote Pacific islands to improve climate model parameterizations

Marine Geoscience Data System
   - repository for published floating microplastics data collected in the North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and North and South Pacific Oceans

National Ocean Data Center (NODC)
   - repository for CTD data collected in Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)
   - contributed biogeographic data for a variety of marine organisms

Ocean Genome Legacy
   - contribute marine tissue samples and genomic information to a genome bank

Olga Pantos, Institute of Environmental Science and Research, New Zealand
   - collected microplastics data from New Zealand waters for assessment of coastal marine pollution

Xavier Pochon, Cawthron Institute, New Zealand & Plankton Planet
   - collected phytoplankton and zooplankton samples from South Pacific waters for metabarcode sequencing

Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R)
   - contribute shipboard data collected in Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

SeaBASS, a NASA program
   - repository for optical data collected in Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

S. Robbie Smith, Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo
   - guest scientist, collected Sargassum community fauna samples in North Atlantic Ocean

Hideshige Takada, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
   - collected ocean microplastics for analysis of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Ulla von Ammon, Cawthron Institute and University of Auckland, New Zealand 
   - guest scientist, collected plankton and seawater samples for metabarcoding sequencing and stable isotope analyses